News - 2016.01.11 - Andy Hunder announcement

Photo: American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (c) 2015

8 February 2016: Andy Hunder to speak at the British Ukrainian Society lecture series in London on 8 February

Event announcement

Enjoying the success of its new series of lectures on bilateral relations at the UK Parliament, the British Ukrainian Society would like to thank everyone who attended our first two events with speakers Sir Gerald Howarth MP and Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC.

We are delighted to confirm that the next speech will be given by Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, on 8 February 2016 at 7pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster SW1A 2LW. Mr Hunder’s talk is entitled “Tackling corruption and doing business in Ukraine”. We do hope you will be able to join us.

Spaces are limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org at your earliest convenience. Due to tight security and the potential for queues, we would advise you to allow at least 30 minutes to enter Portcullis House; a map and further instructions will be sent in due course to those who RSVP.

This two-year British Ukrainian Society series of lectures in the spheres of politics and culture is run in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine. It aims to give anyone interested in Ukrainian affairs an opportunity to hear from British and Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, authors, artists and experts from various professions who are in some way involved in noteworthy work relating to Ukraine.

The lectures are held approximately every two months in London at Portcullis House where the offices of British Members of Parliament and their staff are located. Each lecture offers an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, and networking receptions are also planned in the future.

The British Ukrainian Society is actively seeking sponsors to support this lecture series. Sponsors will be recognised throughout the two years in a number of ways, including during introductory remarks, in advertising and banners, on the BUS website and on its social networking pages. It will also be possible for sponsors to bring promotional materials to the events.

Speaker profile

Andy Hunder is a native Londoner, who over the past two decades has become a recognised leading specialist in public affairs, communications and government relations in Ukraine. On 15 April 2015, he was appointed President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.

In 1997, Mr Hunder was a TV presenter on a leading Ukrainian television channel. Then for seven years he headed the Public Relations department at Ukrainian Mobile Communications (now Vodafone Ukraine), and in 2004 was appointed External Affairs and Communications Manager at GlaxoSmithKline with responsibility for Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Mr Hunder later launched the London office of Ukrainian law firm Magisters, and later Sayenko Kharenko, where he also headed the Government Relations practice. The Ukrainian law firms in London served as conduits to service multinational clients investing in Ukraine.

In 2010, Mr Hunder was appointed Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London, and was a regular commentator on Ukrainian current affairs in the global media. During 2014, he was interviewed live more than 100 times on top international TV and radio stations including BBC, CNN, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, ITV, Al Jazeera and others. He has spoken on Ukrainian current affairs at the House of Commons, House of Lords, Oxford University, London School of Economics and University College London.

Andy Hunder studied Philosophy and Theology in Rome, Italy. He speaks fluent English, Ukrainian, Russian and Italian. Andy is married with two sons.